28 October 2010

i'm so excited that my kitchen stuff has arrived that i am inventing reasons to host dinner parties.

what do you do when it's raining and almost halloween and you have a handful of new girlfriends and a new apartment, too?

you make a big batch of homemade chili and cornbread, invite those girlfriends over to that new apartment, and watch hocus pocus. 

and you don't bother with dessert because you know that one of those girlfriends will.

**p.s. in case you are wondering about recipes, i used this recipe for cornbread (thank you, mrs. harding) and angie used this recipe for dessert. and this is how you make the chili, courtesy of christy:

3 large onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 T olive oil
4 lbs lean ground beef
2-28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
3-15 oz cans tomato sauce
2 c water
4 T chili powder
2 T dry mustard
1 t ground cumin
2 t oregano
1 T rosemary
3 T curry powder
1 T cinnamon
1 T cocoa
2 T paprika
1 T salt
1-39 oz can kidney beans
1 T sugar
1 dash cayenne pepper
2 c shredded sharp cheddar
1 large sweet onion, chopped

In a large pot, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add ground beef and cook until meat is no longer pink. Add all remaining ingredients, except cheese and sweet onion. More chili powder may be added, if desired. Bring chili to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for one hour. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with cheese, sweet onion, sour cream, etc.

**Notes: This recipe serves 12, so I cut it in half. Also, I don't love/don't own curry, so I left it out. Enjoy!


  1. Oh boy, we were very focused on the movie in that picture! Haha. I would also like to point out that we have photographic evidence of the rainy-ness of the day - my hair. :) Now that that's out of the way, I have to tell you that I had dreams about your apartment last night, it was SO AMAZING!!! Seriously my favorite New York apartment I've seen, hands down. You live a fairy tale life. And I love it.

    Oh and THANK YOU for hosting such a fun get together!! It was awesome! I just love you!

  2. I agree with Angie... Hocus Pocus must have been at a riveting segment because we were super focused!!

    That chili was so amazing and that popcorn was to DIE for. I already ate my whole baggie.

    And your apartment is amazing. AMAZING. I told Johnny all about it last night over video chat, haha.

    Thanks so much for having us over! It was a perfect night.

  3. Hey Alexa, I feel like when I meet you we will already be friends because of the blog and because you have been so awesome to my daughter. She adores you and could not stop talking about your amazing dinner and darling apt. Thanks for just being you!

  4. Oh and I am going to do this chili and corn bread for sure! I don't know if I dare do sin popcorn, it looks way too tempting. ha ha

  5. I also love how intense we are in that pic, and I think it's cause we were all loving your chili so much, Alexa! You were a great hostess and you don't need any particular reason to hold a dinner party- I will come over anytime! ;)

    You really do have the cutest place ever. You have some serious style.